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Archive for December, 2009

Invetech 3D bio-printer is ready for production, promises ’tissue on demand’

31st December 2009

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If it works.

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Inflatable Serving Bar

31st December 2009

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There’s just useful stuff everywhere these days.

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Talking Tire Gauge

31st December 2009

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I’d buy one.. anything to avoid having to read those cryptic notches on the gauge stick.

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Stanley Torch Watch lights your path, highlights your odd aesthetic sensibilities

31st December 2009

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A Tim Allen special. Arh, Arh, Arh.

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Finland: Albanian Muslim kills five people in mall shooting spree

31st December 2009

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Any country that lets a Muslim cross its border is failing in the first duty of a government towards its people – to defend them from harm.

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Ben Nelson’s Purgatory

31st December 2009

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A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows that if he were running for re-election today, Mr. Nelson would lose to Nebraska’s GOP Governor David Heineman by a stunning 61% to 30%. Only three years ago, Mr. Nelson won his current term with a solid 64% of the vote.

Some good news, for a change.

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The Trillion Dollar President’s War on the Word Terror

31st December 2009

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Using your money, of course.

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We’re saved. No terrorist is going to ever blow up a plane with a snow globe again.

31st December 2009

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Think of what these people could do for your health care.

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Time For A Slow-Word Movement

31st December 2009

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A decade ago, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, two grandees of American journalism, warned of a crisis: The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal had revealed a news media publishing at “warp speed,” discarding probity for prurience and embracing a non-stop news cycle of aggression, allegation and assertion where once facts were checked and sources confirmed before ministering scandal to the public. Much like a beleaguered Scotty on a hurtling Starship Enterprise, Kovach and Rosenstiel warned that democracy “cannot take it.”

Well, they need to get rid of the political filters first.

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AirTap!

31st December 2009

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The strangest way to play a guitar I’ve ever seen.

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How to make a whiteboard

31st December 2009

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

But then you’d be racist, and who wants that?

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Court: iPod hearing loss your fault, not Apple’s

31st December 2009

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A US court has turned back an appeal of a 2008 ruling that declared that if you blow out your ears by listening to your iPod too loudly, it’s your own damn fault.

Common sense breaks out in the American legal system! Who saw that coming?

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LoTR maker Jackson knighted in NZ

31st December 2009

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Too bad it didn’t happen to Tolkien before he died.

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13 Republican Attorney Generals Threaten Lawsuit Over Health Care

31st December 2009

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Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska’s political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.

I guess bribes don’t work as well as they used to. You’d think that, with all the lawyers in Congress, they could hide it a bit better.

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TSA Going After Bloggers Who Wrote About Directive to Increase Security After Terror Incident

31st December 2009

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Imagine what they could do for your health care.

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Mother v Mother: Former Lesbian Couple Battles Over Child

30th December 2009

Of course.

Heather had two mommies, and they’re both bitches.

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Nigerians in U.S. shocked by Flight 253 jihadist, pledge full cooperation with anti-terror efforts — no, wait…

30th December 2009

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Actually they’re — you guessed it! — whining about a possible “backlash.” This whole article is absurd, however, since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did not try to blow up Flight 253 because he was Nigerian, but because he was Muslim and believed it his religious duty to wage war against Infidels. But apparently the Times was tired of writing about fears of a backlash against Muslims when one never materializes, and so they gave a new twist to an old story angle by worrying about a backlash against Nigerians instead. The Muslim angle does come in, but not until late in the story.

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Fodentoons of 2009 Wednesday Post

30th December 2009

Now that’s comedy.

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Light-emitting wallpaper ‘could replace bulbs’

30th December 2009

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Ethnic groups say ‘white’ isn’t enough on the 2010 census

30th December 2009

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Arab Americans, others fear loss of benefits if ancestry not accounted for.

And that ethnic identity can be traded for valuable prizes!

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Do you ever wonder who stands to benefit from global trading in carbon credits?

30th December 2009

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Other than AlGore, that is.

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Anti-Capitalist Movie Avatar Partners With McDonalds for Corporate Marketing Push

30th December 2009

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It’s all about the action figures. Think Ewok.

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Vaccine ‘holy war’

30th December 2009

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A devout Rockland County couple is suing the New York Archdiocese for barring their daughter from attending a Catholic preschool because she hasn’t been fully vaccinated.

The couple, who filed the suit anonymously, charges they’re being subjected to religious discrimination and are seeking a court order allowing their 4-year-old to attend the St. Margaret School in Pearl River after the archdiocese turned down their request for a religious exemption.

I was under the impression that ‘religious discrimination’ was sort of the whole point behind having Catholic schools. Shows how much I know.

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$150,000 Settlement for Black Public School Students Harassed by Other Black Students for “Acting White”

30th December 2009

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The school has to pay, of course.

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Girls on top

30th December 2009

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Stressed mothers spontaneously abort male fetuses

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How would the American legal system punish conjoined twins if one committed a murder while the other was completely innocent?

30th December 2009

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Build-a-Bomber

30th December 2009

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Why do so many terrorists have engineering degrees?

Engineers like to blow things up?

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The Scientific Scandal of Antismoking

30th December 2009

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These strong opinions for and against smoking were not supported by much evidence either way until 1950 when Richard Doll and Bradford Hill showed that smokers seemed more likely to develop lung cancer. A campaign was begun to limit smoking. But Sir Ronald Fisher, arguably the greatest statistician of the 20th century, had noticed a bizarre anomaly in their results. Doll and Hill had asked their subjects if they inhaled. Fisher showed that men who inhaled were significantly less likely to develop lung cancer than non-inhalers. As Fisher said, “even equality would be a fair knock-out for the theory that smoke in the lung causes cancer.”

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Why are we so bad at detecting the guilty and so good at collective punishment of the innocent?

30th December 2009

Christopher Hitchens is always worth reading.

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“Superatoms” Mimic Elements: Research Reveals New Perspective of Periodic Table

30th December 2009

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PETA Worker Neglected Snakes in His Care, Attorney Says

30th December 2009

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ARLINGTON, Texas —  An attorney for an exotic animal dealer says an employee intentionally neglected animals to further his agenda as an undercover investigator for an animal rights group.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Abortions delay Messiah’s arrival, Israel’s chief rabbis say

29th December 2009

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Invasion of the Election Snatchers

29th December 2009

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Urban Democrats are flooding rural districts to steal elections.

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The unlikely origin of fish and chips

29th December 2009

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Former East European spy master claiming benefits in Britain

29th December 2009

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Ilir Kumbaro, a former east European spy master, is alleged to have kidnapped and tortured three men in his Albanian homeland. But after falling out with officials there, he fled to Britain in 1996.

He allegedly used the alias Shaqa Shatri to claim asylum and moved to a council estate in Fulham, London.

He is understood to be claiming thousands of pounds in jobseeker’s allowance and housing benefits, having never worked during his 13-year life in Britain.

And why not? His side won, after all.

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Why Were American Econ Textbooks So Pro-Soviet?

29th December 2009

Bryan Caplan takes a look.

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Recipe: How to Lose To Terrorists

29th December 2009

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Detroit’s vacant factory land to sprout farms

29th December 2009

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They’ll have to import Republicans to run them.

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Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs

29th December 2009

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The proposal would trade labs seen as benefiting white students for resources to help struggling students.

After all, science is racist – everybody knows that.

Steve Sailer has the answer, though: Why not just hit the white kids on the head with a ballpeen hammer?

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Antibody finds, wipes out prostate cancer: study

29th December 2009

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It’s as I always say: Rodents get all the good stuff.

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U.K.: China Executes Briton After Drug Charges

29th December 2009

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‘Akmal Shaikh’ … yeah, that’s a real British name.

It’s always astonishing when people are surprised that a Communist country acts like, well, a Communist country.

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Famous San Francisco Sea Lions Abandon Their Pier 39 Post

28th December 2009

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The blubbery sea lions at Pier 39, one of San Francisco’s smelliest and most famous tourist attractions, are gone. During the last week of November, they left the wooden docks on which they’ve spent the last 20 years and no one knows if they’ll be coming back.

Perhaps they don’t want to get fined for not buying health insurance.

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Washing hands in hospital ‘spreads disease’

28th December 2009

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Washing your hands in hospitals can actually make you more likely to pick up infections, according to one of Britain’s leading bacteriologists.

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Kwanzaa: The Scientology of Holidays

28th December 2009

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What do you get when you take a bad science fiction writer with a desire for immortality and add a lust for tax breaks?  Scientology.  What do you get when you take a neo-marxist felon and add a desire for black nationalism?  Kwanzaa.  What do both Kwanzaa and Scientology have in common?  They are fraudulent products of post-modern culture given legitimacy by a press hell bent on diminishing the Judeo-Christian heritage in the United States.

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The nightmare of meeting people

28th December 2009

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Some cruel, mysterious force or deity prevents me from hearing the name of anyone I’m introduced to, admits Michael Deacon.

And I know exactly what he means.

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Canadian scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs

28th December 2009

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Well, okay for Canada, but the American electoral system already does that very elegantly.

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All Gone Wrong

28th December 2009

Oh, Lordy. Probably not safe for work.

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Exponentials R Us: Seven Computer Science Game-Changers from the 2000’s, and Seven More to Come

28th December 2009

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“Exponentials R Us.” That’s the magic of computer science. It’s what differentiates us from all other fields. (To the extent that other fields are experiencing exponentials, it’s because of computer science – for example, the sensor technology and computational power that are driving biotech.) “Exponentials R Us” is the past, the present, and the future of computer science. If you think you can have greater impact doing something else, you’ve got your head wedged.

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Amazon Announces It Sold More Kindle Books Than Physical Books On Christmas… But Doesn’t It Mean Rented?

28th December 2009

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But, again, since this is the Kindle we’re talking about, shouldn’t Amazon make the distinction between purchased and rented? When someone buys a physical book from Amazon, they then own that book and can do pretty much what they want with it, including reselling it or giving it away. When they “purchase” an ebook from Amazon, that’s not the case at all. They’re quite limited in what they can do with it. They can’t resell it. They can’t share it with a friend (unless they give up their entire Kindle and all the books on it). And, of course, Amazon can make the ebook disappear at will — though, it insists it will never do this again. Even though it can. So, congrats to Amazon, for renting more books on a day when such rentals are to be expected and when physical book sales are probably at their very lowest.

Perhaps ‘leased’ would be the most correct term.

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It’s not the rats you need to worry about

28th December 2009

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If you want to know if a ship is going to sink, watch what the richest passengers do.

If you want to know whether a culture is degenerating, watch for those who cannot distinguish between ‘if’ and ‘whether’. But read the piece anyway.

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